en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:48:51 -0400 15 CG tuition assistance cap boosted to $4,500 Coast Guardsmen pursuing degrees can take advantage of up to $4,500 in tuition assistance for the rest of this year, nearly doubling the previous $2,500 cap. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0400 In Shift to Africa, US Troops Find Complicated Relationships Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:56:00 -0400 Naval Academy breaks ground on new clinic The U.S. Naval Academy has broken ground on a new $41 million health clinic. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:52:00 -0400 Crews hunt 'enemy' subs in latest patrol airplane Flying at less than 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy P-8A Poseidon took a hard 180-degree turn to starboard, nearly standing the aircraft on it's wing as it doubled back along the search track. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:20:00 -0400 Navy surveys female sailors for sub duty A survey meant to gauge interest among enlisted women for submarine service is going out to the fleet. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0400 Navy's European missile sites move forward The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:46:00 -0400 Marines happily recycle Army bots The Marine Corps is now fielding its next-generation counter-IED robot for route clearance. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:18:00 -0400 Staff sergeant rank due to get culled Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:18:00 -0400 Civilian named Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator When Cindy Graver first went to work as the sexual assault response coordinator at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2005, she was half of a two-member team in a job new to the military. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400 Commentary: Every airman has role in preventing sex assaultsCOMMENTARY Every April the Air Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention and Response month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400 XO fired for issues while leading Blue Angels The Navy fired the No. 2 officer at Naval Base Coronado Friday after allegations arose into his conduct while in command of the Blue Angels. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:20:00 -0400 Truman CSG returns home from 9-month cruise The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on April 18 returned to unseasonably cold weather, but a warm welcome from thousands following a nine-month deployment. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:08:00 -0400 Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:16:00 -0400 App allows you to check uniform regs on your smartphone Are my PT shorts too short? When can I wear my balaclava? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:16:00 -0400 Tops in Blue returns, gets visit from Sinbad Tops in Blue, the Air Force's traveling musical performance troupe, will kick off this year's 85-show tour May 17 - and earlier this month, got encouragement and advice from a surprise visitor. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400 Sergeant gets plate that saved his life in point-blank attack Sgt. Timothy Gilboe was given an armor plate three years after it saved his life when he charged an AK-47-toting insurgent and was shot point-blank in the belly. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:02:00 -0400 On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules The Labor Department has pulled back - at least temporarily - from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400 Special report: Amid Russia's bluster, more U.S. forces rumble into Eastern Europe The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:56:00 -0400 U.S. military shifting gears in Europe The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:52:00 -0400 Ex-EUCOM chief suggests possible shifts in forces Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis was the supreme allied commander in Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command from 2009 to 2013. Stavridis is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:32:00 -0400 Explainer: Air Force units in Europe postured for crisis response U.S. Air Force units in Europe are strategically located to respond to crises, said Col. Kevin Fox, the strategy division chief for the Directorate of Plans, Programs and Analyses for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:28:00 -0400 As tension with Russia flares, U.S. senators meet with Marines in Baltics U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:20:00 -0400 Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:00 -0400 Obama vows to continue focus on veterans issues In a pair of meetings this month with leaders from the two largest veterans service organizations, President Obama promised continued action on improving mental health treatment for veterans, boosting their employment opportunities and ending the disabili Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:38:00 -0400 Court reinstates lawsuit over Marine's suicide The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq has won a bid to reinstate a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:43:00 -0400 Officers named for command and key billet posts The Regular Army officers on these lists have been selected for colonel-level command and key billet assignments in fiscal 2015. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:37:00 -0400 599 officers selected for promotion The Air Force has selected 599 officers for promotion to major, lieutenant colonel and colonel. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:00 -0400 Marine vet not caught in Everest avalanche A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:00 -0400 For U.S. troops, European tours come with career, quality-of-life perks Imagine going out to hunt wild boar in the forests of Germany, then celebrating with buddies at the local gasthaus, hoisting a brew that rivals any you can find in the States. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Antidepressant works on chemical in brain A. Zoloft is a trade name of the medication sertraline. It's classified as an antidepressant, although it's used to treat not only depression but also PTSD and several other anxiety disorders. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:40:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Sorting out Medicare, Tricare before age 65 A. No need to worry. The passage you cite is for the relatively small number of Tricare beneficiaries who become entitled to Medicare Part A earlier than the normal eligibility age of 65 due to certain medical conditions, such as end-stage renal disease. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:36:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Short sale on a home can have unplanned consequences When Marine Corps spouse Charla Williams' husband got orders to Okinawa last summer, the couple did not want to go through a short sale on their Florida home, which was worth less than they paid for it in the depressed housing market there. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:10:00 -0400 Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.' Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0400 N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:00 -0400 Coast Guard cutter heading home to Va. waters A Coast Guard cutter is heading back to Virginia waters after intercepting more than $100 million in cocaine in the Caribbean. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:02:00 -0400 U.S.: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:24:00 -0400 Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:00 -0400 Widow called to testify in Coast Guard murder case ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The widow of a Coast Guardsman shot to death two years ago at a Kodiak communications station was called by defense attorneys Thursday to answer questions about their marital problems, their finances and her familiarity with the m Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:47:00 -0400 Air Force will fill central role as U.S. responds to Russian aggression When tension over the Russian invasion of Crimea rose to a boiling point in March, U.S. Air Force F-16s were called to Poland to beef up a long-standing presence in the region. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:32:00 -0400 Petty officer charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal A fourth member of the Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified info Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:00 -0400 Marines pull out of Afghanistan's Nimroz province Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:00 -0400 4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise The Russians aren't fooling anyone. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:34:00 -0400 Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event Longtime critics of Christian conservatives' influence in military culture are demanding the Pentagon back away from involvement in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill next month, saying it's a thinly veiled rally for far-right fundamentalists. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:54:00 -0400 Rapping medic dispenses care with a smile and a rhyme If you bust your leg, he busts a rhyme. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0400 Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:28:00 -0400 Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:28:00 -0400 U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:16:00 -0400 Ex-Calif. man convicted of Navy battery swindle A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:59:00 -0400 Fort Drum soldier dies from combat injuries An infantryman from Fort Drum, N.Y. has died from combat injuries after his unit was attacked by small-arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department has reported. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:14:00 -0400 DoD to start living quarters allowance debt collections May 4 Civilian employees assigned to U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa and Pacific Air Forces who were overpaid for their housing allowance - some months, some years - must begin repaying the debt May 4, unless they have been granted a waiver. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:11:00 -0400 GI Bill helps military kid choose her college For months, Trinity High School senior Sydney Dydiw toyed with an important decision. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:35:00 -0400 First deaths in Ukraine; Putin admits Crimea invaded A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:00 -0400 Vets group seeks Medal of Honor for Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw A veterans group will present a petition next week to the New York delegation of Congress asking that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the first unit of free African Americans recruited into the Union army. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:34:00 -0400 Kennedy beats Bisping to stay perfect in UFC Like many fighters before him, Tim Kennedy wanted to shut Michael Bisping up. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:32:00 -0400 Remington recalls hundreds of thousands of tactical, recreational rifles Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:21:00 -0400 New company to handle shipping private vehicles Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:00 -0400 Bragg soldier accused of Philadelphia robbery An Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg has been arrested and charged with being involved in a robbery in Philadelphia in 2002. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:22:00 -0400 Spain: Moron Air Base LOCATION: A little over an hour's drive north of Rota, and about 20 miles southeast of Seville. MISSION: The airfield is now home to a historically unfamiliar site in Europe: U.S. Marines with boots on the ground. The Corps recently expanded its Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force here to nearly 1,000 personnel. While in Europe, those Marines are primarily on standby to support missions to AFRICOM. The massive flightline and in-ground aircraft refueling system have made Moron an essential node in the air bridge to operations in the Middle East. LIFESTYLE: It's a pleasant place for the several thousand troops living there, not far from the beach and a little over 20 miles southeast of Seville, Spain's fourth-largest city, which dates to Roman times and is packed with history and nightlife. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Spain: Naval Base Rota LOCATION: A few miles up the west coast of Gibraltar, which forms Spain's southernmost tip. Just across the Strait of Gibraltar is the fabled Moroccan city of Tangier. MISSION: The U.S. military's longtime presence at this base here shrank substantially in the 1990s, but recently the "Gateway to the Med" is making a comeback as a vital, long-term outpost on EUCOM's new map. In 2011, the U.S. Navy announced plans to base four destroyers with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Systems here as a pillar of NATO's missile defense umbrella. Rota also has emerged as a primary launching pad for operations in U.S. Africa Command, which are now focused on extremist groups operating in North Africa and the Sahel region. LIFESTYLE: Rota is wildly popular among sailors and Marines as a memorable stop on Mediterranean deployments, with a beach-party atmosphere and siesta lifestyle among the locals that can extend the nightlife past sunrise. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:48:00 -0400 Romania: Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base LOCATION: The base known to American troops as "M-K" is on Romania's Black Sea coast, about 15 miles from a Romanian naval port and one of Europe's largest shipyards in the city of Constanta. MISSION: M-K is home to several thousand U.S. military personnel and has been an outpost for U.S. operations for more than a decade. It was a staging area before the Iraq invasion in 2003 and earlier this year became a hub for the logistics airlift out of Afghanistan. Defense experts say the Air Force will likely retain or even expand its longtime presence here, and the contingent of more than 500 Marines may grow in light of its proximity to NATO's eastern border, the Middle East and North Africa. LIFESTYLE: Constanta, a bustling city of 300,000, serves as a friendly harbor for U.S. ships steaming in the Black Sea and is popular with U.S. troops; it's a tourist hotspot full of beachfront nightclubs with remarkably cheap beer. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:41:00 -0400